DEM releases falcon back to Pawtucket City Hall nesting spot

DEM releases falcon back to Pawtucket City Hall nesting spot

PROVIDENCE - Officials from the Department of Environmental Management last Saturday released one of two young peregrine falcons back to its nesting spot at Pawtucket City Hall from the roof of the Pawtucket Fire Department at 155 Roosevelt Ave.

A pair of lost sibling falcons, who are about two months old, were picked up by DEM environmental police officers two weeks ago. A female bird was found on June 1 behind the fire department next to Pawtucket City Hall, and a male was found on June 4 in Slater Park. It is believed that the birds were learning to fly when they got away from their nest.

The falcons were given a physical exam by a veterinarian and were then sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers. One falcon was treated at the Born to Be Wild Nature Center in Westerly, a center run by Vivian Maxson that specializes in raptors. The other falcon was treated at the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island.

According to wildlife experts, juvenile falcons sometimes get away from the nest when learning to fly. It can be difficult flying back up to where their nest is.

Birds are released near their nest so their parents are able to continue to care for them away from the general public.